Mum, 7 months pregnant, does 5km Mother's Day run in 30 minutes

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Mother and daughter, Susan Mikkelsen, left, and Rachel Bell.

Lucha Martin, 5, Katreena Collins and Holly Martin.

From Dannevirke, Nicola Fleming and her daughter Ella, 13.

Hockey legends, Sheree Horvath, left, and Kayla Whitelock finish the run.

Shonalla Tangaere runs while seven months pregnant, with Sonny Woodmass, Waimaria Woodmass, 3, and Cairo Woodmass, 11months, (asleep in buggy).

Kylie Mai, left, Ursula Belk, Catherine Lobb, Molly Firth, 10, Lucy the schnauzer dog, Sarah Belk, 12, Michaela Belk,10, Charlotte Lobb,12, and Lisa Firth.

Katina Hughes and her daughter, Christobelle, 7.

Amy Uncles is met at the finish by her 2 daughters, Mila, 2, left, and Leah, 5.

Alyssa Tufuga, 11, with her mum, Sheree Tufaga.

The Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk.

Lucy the schnauzer dog being walked by Charlotte Lobb, 12,

The Massey Vet School go walking with Pixel, a border collie being reigned in by Emma Scott.

Toby Johnson, 8, left, Oliver Isles, 2, Kelly Isles and Quin Johnson, 10.

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Being seven months pregnant could not stop one mum from starting Mother's Day with a morning jog.

About 500 Manawatu mums, dads and children went without a sleep-in to walk and run a nationwide Heart Foundation fundraiser on Sunday.

Shonalla Tangaere, a mother of "two, nearly three", finished the 5km run in 30 minutes while being seven months pregnant.

Shonalla Tangaere said being a mum meant being a role model.
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Shonalla Tangaere said being a mum meant being a role model.

"I just wanted to see if I could do it."

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The Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk is one of the biggest Mother's Day events in New Zealand, with more than 9500 women taking part across 23 locations nationwide.

Katina Hughes and her daughter, Christobelle, 7.
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Katina Hughes and her daughter, Christobelle, 7.

Tangaere ran in Palmerston North alongside partner Sonny Woodmass, who pushed their children Waimaria, 3, and Cairo, 11 months, in a stroller.

"To be able to to do it with my family, that is all I want on Mother's Day," she said.

Tangaere said she was "pretty stoked" with her effort. To her, being a mum meant being a role model. "Just to be an example to my kids."

Katina Hughes crossed the finish line holding hands with her daughter Christobelle, 7. "We just like to get out and show our kids what it is like being healthy, and it is for a good cause too. It is nice to have breakfast in bed, but it is nice to high-five a few mums out here too."

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Her breakfast in bed was porridge and a smoothie to prepare for the run.

Hughes said being a mum was "everything". "It is challenging. It is rewarding. It is enjoying life again, seeing things from your children's eyes. It has got its challenges, but these things are special."

Jennian Homes Manawatu director Tarsha Isles said it was awesome to see so many mums out. "I think they just want to be out with their family. It really is just a lovely family thing to do."

Heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women in New Zealand, claiming the lives of more than 50 women each week.

 - Stuff

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